The Melon Pig
Native to the Eastern territories of Zaltera. They are fairly common, though their numbers have been dwindling in recent years. Melon pigs are hardy animals that typically live in small “patches” of other melon pigs.
Females tend to have more ornate vines to attract male melon pigs. Mating involves the male melon pig “kissing” the female, which is actually a means of transferring small black seeds to the other. When ingested, female melon pigs fertilize the seeds in a special stomach pocket before they are transferred to the vines on the tail for incubation like so:
Melon Piglets will grow for about a month, attached to the mother melon pig until they become heavy enough or strong enough to break off. Melon pigs reach physical maturity when their viney tails are able to curl at least once over.